New Website // LBI Family Portrait Photographer // Angelsea Urban

They called it “Mobile-gedden“. As in – that date back in April that Google would kill your website if it wasn’t a customized mobile friendly website and for all of eternity your business would be gone and dead forever and ever.

I called it “incentive” to simplify.

 

So in April I updated a mobile only version to quickly meet the deadline and soon fell in love with the simplicity of it.

This past weekend, I finally updated my desktop version to match. Wahoo!

No countdowns. No big announcement. No hoopla. Just a better user friendly experience for my clients.

I still have some updating to do for my teaching website to match, but at least it’s a start.

I invite you to take a closer look – and please let me know if you find a dead link or something funky – because my eyes can only find so much and I am not a web developer by trade lol.

XOXO,

Angie

 

Hmmm… we have come a long way from this complicated text drivin, button pushing freeway exchange of information! lol

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Angelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She serves in several ministries and is a Board Member and the Director of Operations for Starve Poverty International. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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When you can’t EVEN even // Angelsea Urban

It’s that point in the day that the kids are crawling up the walls and getting into trouble just because it’s something to do. The to-do list is a mile long and as much as I want to throw it – and maybe even my darling children out the window on occasion – it’s hard to power through and find my focus and not feel like throwing in the towel and starting again tomorrow.

Because if I do that? Then what?

Tomorrow we will reach a point in the day that this “full-time-work-from-home-mama” will again have children crawling up the walls and my to-do list will be even longer and my kids will be even more unattended to because I can’t EVEN even and I will likely find a quiet corner and hide until I can tag out of life for the day.

Or… I can make a different decision… which, on my good days… I really, really try to make.

I try to take a deep breath and remember – My inspiration. Why am I doing this? Why do I do what I do?  Why do I bother with this lifestyle and why don’t I just pull the plug on the whole thing and eat bon bons while watching soaps?

 

My inspiration is to glorify God. My heart is to help nourish families in their relationships with each other. Including my own family. Pursuing intentional moments and cultivating our relationships with each other. To be an example to my children and the wife my husband deserves. To pay it forward to others that God puts in my path. To cultivate that through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, by teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives and livelihood. 

 

If I don’t take a deep breath and remember that, then those – hiding in the corner days – are more than likely going to happen. I mean – let’s be real – there are days when we just grab the keys and go to the beach – because HELLO it’s beautiful there and these days are few and far between. But then the other days, when dinner is calling and the laundry needs to be put away and my to-do list is growing… it all needs to come back into focus and remember that I am capable of accomplishing my to-dos and spending time with my children. And the days that I don’t – it’s almost always because I have forgotten why I do what I do.

 

One of my favorite passages from Marianne Williamson :

““Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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Angelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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Digital Products for EASY Financial, Home and Business Organization

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since the online shop was launched! What started out as a need to help fellow photographers get organized in their finances has evolved into helping entreprenaures with the heartbeat of all of my passions: To help nourish families in their relationships with one another. I pursue this through meaningful portrait photography, small business consulting, and through products and tools that build healthy relationships and community.

I get it. Life is busy. There are not enough hours in the day. And at the end of our lives no one wants to say, “I wish I worked more.”

We work hard so we can have the life we want and spend time with those who matter most

If bookkeeping is not your thing, don’t waste hours and weeks of your life trying to make it happen. If you can’t afford a bookkeeper that doesn’t mean ignore the bills and profit and loss statements because you JUST. CAN’T. DEAL. (Also… I get it… it’s a drag.)

If you are tired of spending too many hours working yourself and wishing your kids helped more but didn’t fight you on it?

Want to organize some responsibility for your kids ….just because? Or maybe teach them how to contribute to the family with helping around the house? Or just keeping them occupied with practicing skills to build their characters and talents?

Maybe your household budget is non-existent and you need to start to plan for Christmas because life has you paycheck to paycheck? But you hate bookkeeping remember?

Or perhaps you can’t even START to think of any of those things because you sit down to work on your computer and your desktop is so discombobulated you can’t even think straight?

I.  G E T.  I T.

You want to be intentional with your time, while maximizing your work day, your parenting, your business,  and get back to living the quality of life with those who matter most to you.

There are only a few of the products offered in the online shop that could help you. AND… we are about to launch some more!

If these tools interest you and you’d like to try one – for 72 HOURS only – you can get 50% off any item in the shop!

Use the code SCHOOLSOUT at checkout! Don’t forget to share with a friend too!

 

And don’t forget to sign up for our monthly emails to get a FREE BUNDLE pack EACH MONTH!

 

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Angelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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At Home Maternity Portraits // Charlottesville Virginia // Angelsea Urban

Last week featured an epic maternity session on the beach with a flowing gown at the shoreline. Still as beautiful, are these cozy at home maternity portraits capturing those anticipated precious moments as mama awaits her newest little family member. From a handmade heirloom baby blanket to big sister pup refusing to leave her mama’s side. Here are a few personal favorite portraits of my dear friend Beth as we captured a few portraits of her pregnancy with her youngest son.

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Beth Daane - Thank you for these portraits. I will forever cherish them. Forever!!

What to Wear to your Family Portrait Session // Angelsea Urban

Have no fear – a new blog post is here to help you with this age old question: “What do I wear for my family portraits?”

I love to meet with clients before their session to discuss all the things they are thinking but often don’t ask for help with.

  • What do we wear?
  • Should we match each other?
  • Should we have more than one outfit?

All great questions, and when you book your appointment to have your portraits taken I encourage you to take advantage of an optional design consultation to discuss this. It’s also a great opportunity to preview some products that you might be interested in, such as canvas wall prints. Shooting for canvases is very different than shooting for an album, or even digital files, and it’s helpful to know ahead of time what the final portraits will be used for. But alas… that is a deeper topic for another day.

So… WHAT do you wear?

 

Here is my MOST recommended DO and DON’T – and it’s pretty much the only ones you need:

  • DO try to match the environment in which you will be photographed. 

This is so helpful to be sure that there are no distractions in the photograph and YOU will be focus of this portrait, not your bright paisley pattern blouse at the beach, or in the studio on a white background. Neutral, textured solids are your very best friend.

  • DO think about where these portraits will be displayed. 

Will these portraits be made into large canvases for your family room? What colors are in that room? Is it burgundy and hunter green? Perhaps a park session in the fall would be the best fit for your family. Is it white and pale green? Perhaps an afternoon session on the beach would perfect for your color palette. 

  • DON’T be SO matchy-matchy that it looks like a 1990s department store photo ad for $9.99 per sheet.

You have commissioned custom photography for a reason, take full advantage of all the artist has to offer, and that includes helping you design a color palette that will reflect an heirloom piece that you will be proud to display in your home for generations. 

FOR EXAMPLE:

Sample One:

This little beauty was wearing a pastel pink ballerina dress. It was absolutely perfect for her family’s sunset portraits on the beach. Pastels pinks, blues, creams, greys. These are all colors we will see at this location, during this time slot. Not only does her outfit blend in perfectly with the environment, the dress itself offer additional whimsy that captures a perfect time in her life. And then of course, we HAD to splash around and play in the water, because THAT LIGHT! I couldn’t pass it up!

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Sample Two:

A stunning blue designer gown for this gorgeous mama to be is a show stopper. It doesn’t have to be all kacki and denim and sweaters. Many of my clients also hire our in house makeup artist to have their makeup and hair done professionally for their portraits to take the guess work out of make up for photo shoots. This stunning gown, paired with the steel grey and blue jersey skies was a perfect match and complement for both this beautiful mama and the seashore. Check out rent the runway if you want to wear a $1,000 dress but don’t want to pay for it. Many dresses can be rented for a weekend for only $65!

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Sample Three:

Casual morning attire. This morning portrait session was created in my residential studio with a delicate champagne lace and chiffon robe I keep on my studio rack from Homebodii. I am in the process of having a full rack of garments to choose from for this very occasion – when clients just want to arrive in their pajamas, be professionally styled, made up and photographed without all of the guesswork. Sip your coffee and my creative team and I will do the rest. I love how this robe photographs against the cream background with natural night. It creates such a lovely and delicate portrait I know this child will love of it’s mother someday.

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Remember: Pinterest is your friend! If this advice still makes you ponder – just type in “What to wear for a family beach session” or “What to wear for a family park session” or where ever your location is. Here are just a few examples I found doing a quick search that I would give you a big high five for finding! All of these options would work just perfectly well!

So don’t be shy – schedule a design appointment before your session date and we can go over all of these information over coffee or fresh mint tea!

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Angelsea Urban is a entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes, relationships and businesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published in multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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